Ever seen a Hummingbird clearwing moth?

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  1. Triplenickle macrumors regular

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    http://galloimages.zenfolio.com/p430645100/?photo=649738193

    I have never heard of them until I saw this little fella feeding on my butterfly bush then I see another one on a hike yesterday and snapped the image above. I was lucky as these things are very fast.. thanks to the 40D high frames/sec rate and some luck!

    Note the curled up proboscis.. I have other cool pics on it in my Hummingbird clearwing moth gallery on my website!
     
  2. Everythingisnt macrumors 6502a

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    That is one cool little critter. You should drop by the "Photo of the day" thread and share some of your interesting finds :).
     
  3. zim macrumors 65816

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    :eek: It looks like a flying shrimp, very cool! Thanks for sharing, great photos, 2 and 3 are my favorites.
     
  4. leighonigar macrumors 6502a

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    I've seen a good few of those at some point, I thought they were pretty fantastic. I can't remember where... I have half a feeling that it may have been in Europe at some point, I wonder what their distribution is?

    Good to see a photo!
     
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    I saw one in our flower garden a year or two ago. I really thought it was a tiny hummingbird until it landed. They sound very much alike.
     
  6. Triplenickle thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thats exactly how I described it when I posted it to my Flickr link!.. a flying shrimp... indeed.
     
  7. greg555 macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the photo. My wife and I saw one a few weeks ago (western Canada) and wondered what it was. I didn't have a chance to run inside for a camera before it was gone.

    Greg
     
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    And cool photos by the way - very impressive.
     
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    Oh cool! I get these every year in my garden but never knew what they were called. They're very fast and quite elusive, good job getting a picture.
     
  10. zim macrumors 65816

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    I was curious so did a google and found a this site with additional photos.

    They are reported to live in the "eastern half of the U.S. and Canada"... so why haven't I ever seen one?
     
  11. yrsonicdeath macrumors 6502

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    One of these got in my room this spring and it was the first I'd ever seen one. Boy was I weirded out!
     
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    So that's what that beastie was!

    We had one of these show up on our butterfly bush a couple of years ago and we had no clue what the heck it was. Now we have a name. Thanks!


    -hh
     
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    Wow! Awesome pictures of that little bugger. He's funky looking! It does look like a flying shrimp... his tail is so weird.
     
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    The 3rd one especially. Cool! :)
     
  15. Triplenickle thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for all the comments folks... did I tell you I saw this initial one on Friday last week then the next day, I saw one on a nature hike? The fourth pic in the Hummingbird clearwing moth gallery is a pic from that one, with the curled up proboscis... so I never saw one in my 53 years (that I recognized) and then I see TWO in two days.... just plain lucky..

    Mark
     
  16. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68020

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    You must live in FL, I have seen these here in Citrus County
     
  17. Triplenickle thread starter macrumors regular

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    I live in Cleveland, OH.
     
  18. windowpain macrumors 6502a

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    Some very nice photos on your website! thanks for sharing.
     
  19. Triplenickle thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks. You are welcome. I will be adding many more soon.

    Mark
     
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